Job 6:5
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English Standard Version
Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass, or the ox low over his fodder?

King James Bible
Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?

American Standard Version
Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? Or loweth the ox over his fodder?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Will the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or will the ox low when he standeth before a full manger?

English Revised Version
Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?

Webster's Bible Translation
Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?

Job 6:5 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

22 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh,

And from the beasts of the earth thou hast nothing to fear.

23 For thou art in league with the stones of the field,

And the beasts of the field are at peace with thee.

24 And thou knowest that peace is thy pavilion;

And thou searchest thy household, and findest nothing wanting.

25 Thou knowest also that thy seed shall be numerous,

And thy offspring as the herb of the ground.

26 Thou shalt come to thy grave in a ripe age,

As shocks of corn are brought in in their season.

27 Lo! this we have searched out, so it is:

Hear it, and give thou heed to it.

The verb שׂחק is construed (Job 5:22) with ל of that which is despised, as Job 39:7, Job 39:18; Job 41:21 [Hebr.]. על־תּירא is the form of subjective negation [vid. Ges. 152, 1: Tr.]: only fear thou not equals thou hast no occasion. In Job 5:23, בּריתך is the shortest substantive form for לך בּרית. The whole of nature will be at peace with thee: the stones of the field, that they do not injure the fertility of thy fields; the wild beasts of the field, that they do not hurt thee and thy herds. The same promise that Hosea (Hosea 2:20) utters in reference to the last days is here used individually. From this we see how deeply the Chokma had searched into the history of Paradise and the Fall. Since man, the appointed lord of the earth, has been tempted by a reptile, and has fallen by a tree, his relation to nature, and its relation to him, has been reversed: it is an incongruity, which is again as a whole put right (שׁלום), as the false relation of man to God is put right. In Job 5:24, שׁלום (which might also be adj.) is predicate: thou wilt learn (וידעתּ, praet. consec. with accented ultima, as e.g., Deuteronomy 4:39, here with Tiphcha initiale s. anterius, which does not indicate the grammatical tone-syllable) that thy tent is peace, i.e., in a condition of contentment and peace on all sides. Job 5:24 is to be arranged: And when thou examinest thy household, then thou lackest nothing, goest not astray, i.e., thou findest everything, without missing anything, in the place where thou seekest it.

Job 5:25 reminds one of the Salomonic Psalm 72:16. צאצאים in the Old Testament is found only in Isaiah and the book of Job. The meaning of the noun כּלח, which occurs only here and Job 30:2, is clear. Referring to the verb כּלח, Arabic qahila (qalhama), to be shrivelled up, very aged, it signifies the maturity of old age, - an idea which may be gained more easily if we connect כּלח with כּלה (to be completed), like קשׁח with קשׁה (to be hard).

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Job 6:5 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

when he hath grass. Heb. at grass.

Psalm 104:14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

loweth.

Psalm 42:1 As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God.

Jeremiah 14:6 And the wild donkeys did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail...

Joel 1:18-20 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yes, the flocks of sheep are made desolate...

Cross References
Genesis 24:25
She added, "We have plenty of both straw and fodder, and room to spend the night."

Job 6:6
Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt, or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow?

Job 39:5
"Who has let the wild donkey go free? Who has loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,

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